It’s never easy to say goodbye to a long-serving and successful manager. Aside from remembering the good times, you can also appreciate just how embedded he or she has become in the team.
Finding a replacement will impact every aspect of the team – from training to talent management.
In IT it’s even harder to say goodbye to a piece of long-standing and trusted technology. Particularly when it sits at the heart of your virtual environment.
However, this is what many companies will face on September 18th 2018, when VMware is pulling the plug on all support for vSphere 5.5 after five years of solid service.
With such change comes both challenge and opportunity:
Where does the risk come from? vSphere 5.5 is deeply ingrained in many critical areas of a business’ IT infrastructure. Indeed, vSphere sits at the heart of a software-defined datacenter and is the fundamental building block of many cloud environments.
Taking away support, therefore, can lead to major business risks, as well as more operational concerns:
As for the migration itself, this too can potentially harm business-critical apps and databases.
As mentioned, vSphere is an integral component of any VMware product portfolio. That makes lifecycle management a great challenge when looking to move to vSphere 6.5 – from ensuring you’ve installed the right Platform Services Controller (PSC) to deploying compatible ESXi hardware.
There’s also the challenge of mapping areas of interoperability: with other VMware solutions, with 3rd party technologies (such as back-up/restore apps), and with any databases or other VMware solutions in your environment.
Before you upgrade to vSphere 6.5, you need to review your entire vSphere configuration. Plus, if you’re looking to integrate a vSphere environment with your Microsoft Active Director infrastructure, you’ll also need to perform an in-depth functionality review.
On top of these technical hurdles, a migration to vSphere 6.5 could create potential compliance issues in terms of software licensing, and you’ll need to assess how the upgrade will impact your license portfolio.
In other words: there’s a lot of planning to be done, a lot of ‘moving parts’ and a lot of opportunity for human error.
So how can COMPAREX help?
The first step is to offer assistance in getting the planning and preparation phase off to a good start. That’s why we offer, in conjunction with our partner ITQ, a vSphere Upgrade Check-Up Service – for the set fee of €3,650, and with the promise of the following outputs:
Ready to make the move?
Our vSphere Upgrade Check-Up Service is only a phone call away. As a software specialist, COMPAREX can also help you assess what the upgrade would mean to your license compliance.
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